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Selecting a Designer

  • 1. Trained and Experienced Designers – Your designers should bring a wealth of knowledge and  experience to your space planning challenges.  A good designer will show and describe to you many other projects they have executed. Most importantly, they will listen to you to understand your unique  requirements.sample1
  • 2. References – Ask for recent customers and for clients who had jobs done in years past.
  • 3. A Good Interview – Designers should walk your office to learn the way your people work. They  should help you make decisions ranging from station size and work-surface area to meeting spaces and storage rooms. The designer must understand your  work style, your preferences, and the challenges you face.
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Design

  • 4. Unity, Balance, Proportion, and Variety – Good design will complement your office. All elements of the interior (carpet, wall treatment, furniture) should function harmoniously, each receiving proper visual weight. Elements should be in scale with a look neither busy nor monotonous, but enticing and engaging.
  • 5. Your Unique Fit – The right design looks natural, like it belongs there. It designharmonizes with the building and its aesthetic, echoes the setting, and dramatizes the architecture. Successful design often displays choice objects, regularly entertains the eye, and always establishes a strong sense of line.
  • 6. Constant Change – As time goes by, your design should be flexible and easily adapt to changing work requirements. It should also accommodate other variants, such as growth or consolidation.
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Budget

  • 7. Master Plan – Often a fully realized design for a whole property is too costly to install in one phase. A Master Plan allows you to do your design in phases—each phase complete in itself —while still contributing to a cohesive, finished look.
  • 8. Written Contract – Your contract should spell out exactly what is included and what it will cost.

 

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Materials

  • 9. Furniture Styles and Options – You should be able to see exactly what furniture you are buying before it is installed. If you do not care for the look of particular furniture, your designer should present you a number of alternatives.
  • 10. Furniture Quality – Many brands offer extensive warranties. You should know how long you should expect to be able to use your furniture. Each piece should meet the appropriate industry test standards.

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Installation

  • 11. The Basic Steps:

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b. Prep space for new furniture including but not limited to: electrical whips, carpet, and paint
c. Clean space for staging of new furniture
d. Work in conjunction with IT, electricians, and other contractors to connect systems and networks to ensure smooth installation and no down time
e. Final punch/cleanup

  • 12. Experienced Crews – Crews should have a thorough knowledge of the furniture being installed and should maintain pre-planned timelines. They should be able to think on their feet and provide options if they run into on-site issues. They should be polite, courteous, and maintain a clean work area.
  • 13. Insurance – Installation companies and crews should carry all of their own insurance —workman’s compensation, personal injury, liability, and property.
  • 14. Guarantees – All furniture should carry a manufacturer’s warranty.

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